reconnaissance

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noun re·con·nais·sance \ri-ˈkä-nə-zən(t)s, -sən(t)s\

Definition of reconnaissance

  1. :  a preliminary survey to gain information; especially :  an exploratory military survey of enemy territory

Examples of reconnaissance in a sentence

  1. There are two helicopters available for reconnaissance.

  2. They did a reconnaissance of the enemy's position.

Origin and Etymology of reconnaissance

French, literally, recognition, from Medieval French reconoissance, from Old French reconoistre to recognize


First Known Use: 1779


RECONNAISSANCE Defined for English Language Learners

reconnaissance

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noun re·con·nais·sance \ri-ˈkä-nə-zən(t)s, -sən(t)s\

Definition of reconnaissance for English Language Learners

  • : military activity in which soldiers, airplanes, etc., are sent to find out information about an enemy


RECONNAISSANCE Defined for Kids

reconnaissance

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noun re·con·nais·sance \ri-ˈkä-nə-zəns\

Definition of reconnaissance for Students

  1. :  a survey (as of enemy territory) to get information



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